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- From Trash to Treasures

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- Food Lion Beckley

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Community Based Training Site - From Trash to Treasures, Hamlin

From Trash to Treasures owner Nona Conley in Hamlin, WV has signed on as the first Community Based Training work site for the Employment Services Division at Mountain State Centers for Independent Living in Lincoln County.

Nona tells us that she is pleased to support the work of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living. As the parent of an adult child with a disability, Nona has had many years of experience as an advocate for people with disabilities.

When Nona's children were still young she was visiting nearby Hamlin, fell in love with the area, and moved herself and her children to Lincoln County.

Nona grew up in Nebraska and while she was married lived in California and New Jersey where the Associations for Retarded Children (now known as the Arc), had store front operations, especially thrift shops, that provided training opportunities for people with disabilities who had particular skills in some areas and not others.

During the training, they learned socialization and people skills from trainers who were supportive of people with disabilities, performed accurate assessments of individual skills, and made it easy for families to participate and support the endeavors of their family members with disabilities. Nona was very pleased to discover that Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, Employment Services Division offers very similar services in employment preparedness in retail and other areas of employment. Learn more about Employment Services Division.

Nona has first hand experience with community based training from her time living out of state and is very pleased to be able to offer some of the same types of supports for people in Lincoln County that she received for her daughter years ago. Because there are no employment supports for people with disabilities locally she wants to do whatever she can.

You may already know Nona from her volunteer work with the Farm Bureau, Fairs and Festivals Organization, Appalachian Women's Leadership and other local organizations. She participates as a sponsor for two street fairs a year that benefit Crusin' for Kids, one in the spring and one in fall, that culminates as Crusin' for Santa for local kids every December.

Nona's shop, From Trash to Treasures, grew out of her love of yard sales and flea markets. The shop is stocked on consignment and you can find most anything, including farm fresh eggs and homemade fudge. Nona says it is like 25 yard sales in one place and the stock changes all the time.

From Trash to Treasures at 351 Walnut Avenue in Hamlin West Virginia is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. People come to Nona to talk and often walk out with information about the community, available services, community happenings and with treasures from the shop.

For more information

For more information about becoming a Community Based Training work site contact Georgetta Stevens, Vice President, Corporate Operations for Mountain State at 304-525-3324 or by email gstevens@mtstcil.org

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